You never want to find yourself stuck on the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood.
An overheating car isn't only caused by Summer weather, your engine can get extremely hot and it’s the cooling system and radiator that keeps your car, and you, from being damaged by all that heat. A fluid called coolant in the system also prevents liquids from freezing and protects the system from corrosion as well.
Signs you need a Radiator flush or Cooling system service:
If your dashboard shows your car is running hotter than normal, your vehicle is overheating or you are leaving puddles of coolant where ever you park it is time to have your cooling system checked out.
If your car is displaying these symptoms Come and See the Team at Hidden Valley Auto Centre.
And we can service your cooling system and flush your radiator. Our qualified mechanics will properly flush your radiator, using a solution which is designed to remove any build up. Once the cooling system is cleaned, the cleansing solution is removed and the system filled with new coolant solution, your car's cooling system will be running like a dream: a radiator flush might be just what your car needs to bring it back to peak performance.
What are the benefits of a Radiator Flush.
- Your radiator will be more efficient - and it will last a lot longer.
- Your will increase your engines efficiency and life expectancy.
- Engine performance and power will be boosted.
- Your water pump is further protected as it is better lubricated..
How often should I get a coolant system flush?
Your car maker's log book will recommend how regularly your radiator should be flushed, It is generally suggested that you have your system flushed every two years or 40,000 km’s whichever comes first. However, your engine type and size, local seasons, the quality of your current coolant, and the total distance driven can all affect the need to replace the coolant in your radiator.
At Hidden Valley Auto Centre, we provide at your request a full 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report for free as part of any minor, major or log book service on your vehicle. This includes checking the coolant in your system and the written report will tell you if we feel a radiator flush, coolant replacement or any repairs are necessary to maintain the safety and performance of your vehicle.
What happens if I postpone a radiator flush?
Given time rust and scale deposits accumulate and the whole system becomes choked and it stops being effective at cooling and protecting your car. This build up of rust and debris can damage the important parts of your cooling system including your water pump, radiator, hoses and thermostat, this can reduce the lifespan of those parts and leading to expensive repairs or replacements in the future.
Can I flush the Radiator myself?
While there are a lot of places offering advice on how to flush a radiator yourself – we recommend against that. Today's vehicles are complex and mistakes like incomplete flushing or changing the coolant in your vehicle without flushing can cause any deposits to move around more and cause blockages in your thermostat or radiator. It's best to have your systems examined regularly by a qualified mechanic, and properly flushed before being refilled with the specific type of coolant for your car, the system purged of any air pockets, and then the whole system professionally reviewed again to ensure full working order and to prevent any costly breakdowns in the future.
Radiator coolant is toxic and needs to be handled very carefully. It is also very sweet smelling which can be enticing to both children and pets so proper storage is very important – having a trained technician take care of this task means not handling or having dangerous chemicals around your house. Dangerous coolant also needs to be disposed of in the proper manner, professional workshops can have the coolant recycled or properly disposed of to save the environment.